By public bus it takes between 10 to 18 hours depending upon which service you take to travel 755 km from Bangkok to Koh Phangan. You can also travel by train from Bangkok to Surat Thani train station and from there take a direct bus and ferry service to Koh Phangan.
Bus Timetable to Koh Phangan
- Click on the Bangkok – Koh Phangan link in the timetable below for more information and to buy tickets.
Where to get the Bus in Bangkok
Bus services to Koh Phangan depart from Bangkok’s Southern Bus Terminal at 8 Borommaratchachonnani Rd, Khwaeng Chim Phli, Khet Taling Chan, Krung Thep Maha Nakhon 10170, Thailand.
Arrival in Koh Phangan
Bus services from Bangkok terminate at Thong Sala Ferry Pier in Koh Phangan.
Travel in Koh Phangan
There are five ways to get around Koh Phangan: 1. Shared songthaew taxi. 2. Motorbike taxi. 3. Taxi boat. 4. Private car hire. 5. Rent a motorbike or a car. When you arrive at the Pier in Koh Phangan you will be approached by people offering shared taxi services and motorbike taxis. The prices at the pier are exactly the same as the price you will get if you walk away from the pier and try to get a shared taxi or motorbike taxi in Thong Sala town, the only difference is that there will be fewer shared taxis available as they all arrive at the pier to coincide with the arrival of the ferry. Expect to pay 200 THB per person for the journey to Haad Rin and 300 THB for the journey to Thong Nai Pan or Haad Yao.
The cost of a private car or a taxi boat tends to be around 700 to 1,500 THB for the whole car or boat depending upon where you are going. Long-tail boats operating out of popular beaches can want as much as 3,000 THB for a trip part way around the island. Motorbike taxis are cheaper if you are travelling alone. Many people choose, because public transport is expensive in Koh Phangan, to hire an automatic motorbike. Bear in mind, however, a lot of people have accidents renting motorbikes and unless you are very familiar with riding a motorbike and the roads on the island more likely than not you will have some kind of accident on your motorbike over the course of a few days on the island. You will note that on the main road road coming out of Thong Sala towards Haad Rin there are now lots of clinics and small hospitals. According to the people we have spoken to who work in these facilities over 80% of their business comes from providing medical services to foreign visitors who have had accidents on rental motorbikes. If you do rent a bike please be careful.